Top 5 Best Poetry Books for 3-year-olds

These fun, bright and poignant poetry books are sure to inspire a love of poetry in little readers. Filled with rip-roaring rhymes and vibrant verse, see below for the best poetry books for 3-year-olds.

1. A Great Big Cuddle

Michael Rosen & Chris Riddell

This exuberant collection of poetry fizzes with rhythm, energy and laughter. Bestselling poet Michael Rosen captures once again what it's like to be very young, evoking all the perceptions and feelings experienced in a child's world: toys and games, animals and imaginary creatures, likes and dislikes. He does so in a fantastically playful and lively style, and his wonderful verse is complemented perfectly by Chris Riddell's stunning, iconic illustrations. This book can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is sure to become a classic.

2. Wriggle and Roar

Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt

This book is bursting with rhymes to make you wriggle and giggle, shrug and sigh, snap like a crocodile and slither like a snake! Julia Donaldson's energetic verse is guaranteed to get giggles and delight children, and Nick Sharratt's engaging illustrations add heaps of fun to this colourful book. These poems are packed with noises and actions, making for fantastically interactive fun!

3. Over the Hills and Far Away

Elizabeth Hammill

This collection includes more than 150 rhymes from all over the English-speaking world, from Great Britain to Ghana, Canada to the Caribbean. It features beloved nursery rhymes as well as brand new much-loved poems. Each double-page spread features illustrations by a different artist, totalling over 76 individual artists. The book is filled with works by international award-winners and bestselling illustrators as well as fresh, flourishing talent. A true poetic journey around the world, this sumptuous book will captivate little ones.

4. The Owl and the Pussy-cat

Edward Lear & Charlotte Voake

This classic poem about an owl and a pussy-cat who venture out to sea has been beautifully reproduced with Charlotte Voake's stunning illustrations, with a foreword by Julia Donaldson. Readers have been delighted by this unmissable poem for generations, and it is sure to be treasured by little ones.

5. The Ride-by-Nights

Walter de la Mare & Carolina Rabei

Focusing on a cold night around Halloween, this mesmerising book combines Walter de la Mare's classic poem with Carolina Rabei's evocative illustrations. The magical poem is all about a family who are preparing to go trick-or-treating, but little do they know that a coven of witches is flying above them through the starry sky... Little readers are sure to be enchanted by this magical book.

  • ALIKY 3 years +
    Elizabeth Hammill
    3 years +
    • £14.89
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    There are 150 rhymes in this collection, from countries all over the English-speaking world, including Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa and the Caribbean. This comprehensive collection contains all the best-loved nursery rhymes, but also some new discoveries, and vibrant rhymes from Native American, First Nation, Inuit and Maori cultures. Each double-page spread is illustrated by a different artist, who has donated his or her work to the Collection or Archive at Seven Stories, Britain's National Centre for Children's Books. With 76 featured artists, this is a star-studded roll call of international award-winners and world-class bestselling illustrators, as well as young emerging talent from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Ghana and South Africa.
  • RBYN 3 years +
    Walter de la Mare
    3 years +
    • £2.99
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    Snow was one of our favourite children's books last year and now we bring you the second book in the series based around the seasons, The Ride-by-Nights.

    Focusing on a cold night around Halloween, the combination of Walter de la Mare's classic poem and Carolina Rabei's evocative illustrations is a wonder you can't help but admire.

    A family are preparing to go trick-or-treating, but little do they know that above them is a coven of witches flying through the starry sky...
  • AOHWA 3 years +
    Edward Lear
    3 years +
    • £6.89
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    Edward Lear's classic poem, The Owl and the Pussy-cat, beautifully illustrated by Charlotte Voake and introduced with a foreword by Julia Donaldson The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat...Edward Lear's classic poem has delighted readers of all ages for generations. It is given new life by Charlotte Voake's exquisite illustrations in this beautiful new edition. Introduced by a foreword from world-renowned children's author and Lear devotee, Julia Donaldson, this is a book to be treasured by Lear fans both old and young. Be sure to look out for Julia Donaldson's sequel to this much-loved poem, The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat.
    Michael Rosen
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    Two of the biggest names in children's publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection. The poems in A Great Big Cuddle fizz off the page with sound and rhythm, energy and laughter, as Rosen captures in the most remarkable way what it means to be very, very young. A child's world with all its details and feelings - toys and games, animals and made-up creatures, likes and dislikes - is vividly conjured up in the most memorable, playful language, and Chris Riddell has produced some his most extraordinary pictures ever to bring this world to life. It's a book that will be enjoyed by the oldest grown-up and the youngest child - and a future classic.

    Joint winner of the CLPE Children's Poetry Award 2016

    This book is longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017.
    Julia Donaldson
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    Whenever I'm tired of being me I swing around like a chimpanzee. Are you tired of being you? Here's a whole bookful of things you can do! There are rhymes to make you wriggle and giggle, shrug and sigh, snap like a crocodile and slither like a snake. Julia Donaldson's verse jumps off the page and Nick Sharratt's snazzy illustrations add to the fun of Wriggle and Roar!. Bright, bold and accessible, these rhymes are packed full of noises and actions, making them perfect for joining in. Look out for more poems from Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt in Shuffle and Squelch!